Giving in. (CBS)

Hot for the bad boy. (CBS)

Genoa City for the week of July 7 - 11:

"Y&R" had its moments this week but once again flirted with boring on the whole. Thoughts:

A very bad idea?
When Billy sat up on that sofa with his shirt open and pulled Chelsea toward him, I was unexpectedly very drawn in. Undeniably passionate scenes. That said, this definitely signals Billy being taken in a new direction. If viewers can accept an altered version of Billy, this could work. As someone who has only ever been lukewarm on the Chelsea character, this makes me want to watch there's that as well. Another person who sat up and took notice was Victoria. Some are calling her a hypocrite for getting angry about Chelsea and Billy since she's been sleeping with Stitch and has filed for divorce. On the other hand, Billy has maintained that he only wants her, so perhaps she was right to call him out. What do you think? Vote in's Y&R Poll: Is Victoria a hypocrite?

Irritating Ian.
We are probably supposed to feel enthralled with Ian weaving his tangled web in Genoa City, however many are just feeling tired of the character, whose motivation and purpose has been too vague for too long. Does he even know what he hopes to accomplish by pushing Mariah into Sharon and Nick's house and lives, and by dragging Nikki through a lawsuit? You have to wonder... While it's all fine and good to have Nikki ogling the booze decanters again, Ian's lawsuit seems laughable - the fact that Ian never questioned Dylan's paternity or asked for a DNA test, believing he was sterile, would seem to make him as guilty as Nikki in perpetuating the 'mistake'. Also strange in this story is that neither Nikki nor Paul ever once considered the possibility that the child she conceived at the cult might have been Paul's when they both knew they'd slept together back then. Did I miss something that explains this away?

Saving his old man.
Everyone rallied at the hospital this week, and it was Victor, who has been so serene it's spooky lately, who pushed Paul into Dylan's room in a wheelchair for their first (conscious) encounter as father and son. I got choked up. Viewers have been talking about Paul's new reluctance to try and conceive a child with Christine. He claimed it didn't have anything to do with Dylan, but down deep maybe it does. Share your thoughts below.

While someone taking the plunge during a catfight is always fine by me, having Lily push Hilary in the pool in front of her kids in the place where she holds a professional position seemed like going out of the way to make Lily look bad so we'll sympathize with Hilary - again. As for Neil, he needs to sit down for five minutes and have a good think. As mentioned last week, Neil is acting clueless about Devon and Hilary. It's not realistic that someone who has been around the block, and who has been burned before, is not seeing the signs right in front of him.

Hot for a bad boy.
It was quite entertaining to hear Abby trying to explain to Jack what it's like to be hot for a bad boy. Hilarious. That said, there was way too much airtime given to this dippy Summer/Austin stuff this week. The bit with Sharon's creamy nude lipstick was a nice beat, and an important step forward. Also, Jack running around half-cocked threatening to have Summer arrested was amusing, though a bit odd since she's an adult. Every time Jack got ramped up Kelly did her Glinda the Good Witch routine on him to talk him down - all she needs is a wand to wave around his head. Yipe. She's so different from the edgy, drink-y Kelly we first knew. Notably, Kelly did rant at Jack once - when she mentioned her father being dead yet again. This is either a big red herring or the key to Stitch's secret.

So done.
Avery told her producer she is done with her cooking show. Sweet relief...

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- Candace Young